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[jur-nee-muh n] /ˈdʒɜr ni mən/
noun, plural journeymen.
a person who has served an apprenticeship at a trade or handicraft and is certified to work at it assisting or under another person.
any experienced, competent but routine worker or performer.
a person hired to do work for another, usually for a day at a time.
Origin of journeyman
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English journeman, equivalent to journee a day's work (see journey) + man man1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for journeyman
  • Apprentice being the student learning the trade, journeyman having enough knowledge to work at it.
  • Sorensen is a licensed truck driver, certified forklift operator and a journeyman painter.
  • Becoming a hair dresser takes less work experience than getting a journeyman electrical license, which makes sense.
  • And it can take a long time to make journeyman in many of these professions.
  • But plenty of executives are getting superstar pay for journeyman work.
  • He disdains the stale artifices wherewith the journeyman ties his poor sentences together.
  • The taste of the journeyman playwright, on this head, was certainly far sounder than that of the king and his court.
  • Although he worked from hand to mouth, what he turned out were not journeyman's articles.
  • The journeyman lineman could be released later with a settlement, depending on the injury's severity.
  • journeyman playwright shepherds positive messages to big.
British Dictionary definitions for journeyman


noun (pl) -men
a craftsman, artisan, etc, who is qualified to work at his trade in the employment of another
a competent workman
(formerly) a worker hired on a daily wage
Word Origin
C15: from journey (in obsolete sense: a day's work) + man
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Word Origin and History for journeyman

"qualified worker at a craft or trade who works for wages for another" (a position between apprentice and master), early 15c., from journey (n.), preserving the etymological sense of the word, + man (n.). Figurative depricatory sense of "hireling, drudge" is from 1540s. Its American English colloquial shortening jour (adj.) is attested from 1835.

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journeyman in Culture

journeyman definition

A skilled artisan who works on hire for master artisans rather than for himself.

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